Women's Soccer Makes Return to NCAA's, Faces Ohio State Friday

Nov. 12, 2009

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THE SCHEDULE
Friday, Nov. 13
Illinois State vs. No. 3 Florida, 2:00 PM
Oregon State at Ohio State, 4:30 PM

Sunday, Nov. 15
Winners of Game 1/Game 2, 10:00 AM

LIVE COVERAGE
Radio: None
Live Video: www.ohiostatebuckeyes.com
Live Audio: www.ohiostatebuckeyes.com
Live Stats: www.osubeavers.com
Television: None

THE SERIES
Oregon State vs. Ohio State: First Meeting
Oregon State vs. Florida: Never Met
Oregon State vs. Illinois State: Never Met

The Oregon State women's soccer team makes its second-ever appearance in the NCAA Women's Soccer Championship as the Beavers travel to Columbus, Ohio, to face No. 15 Ohio State in a first round match on Friday, Nov. 13, at 4:30 p.m. Live video and audio of the important match is available online free of charge, courtesy www.ohiostatebuckeyes.com.

'It's a tremendous opportunity and the team has worked extremely hard to get to this point,' head coach Linus Rhode said. 'Ohio State is a talented squad and its going to take our best effort in order to advance. We're going to have to focus and play our style of match if we want to take them out of their rhythm. We're definitely looking forward to the challenge.'

Oregon State enters the contest with a record of 12-7-1 on the season after the Beavers earned an at-large berth into the tournament. The win total is the fourth-highest in school history as Oregon State set a school record for Pac-10 Conference wins with four.

Chelsea Buckland leads the Oregon State attack heading into the tournament as the freshman enters the championship with seven goals and 16 points. Senior Melissa Peck ranks second on the squad with five goals and 15 points while senior Courtney Wetzel leads the team with four assists.

On the defensive side of the ball, Ashley Wood and Colleen Boyd continue to split time in net as the duo have combined to allow only 0.94 goals per game. Wood leads the squad with a 0.77 goals against average while Boyd has posted a mark of 1,07 goals against. Oregon State's opposition is only connecting on .098 percent of its shots.

Ohio State enters the tournament with a mark of 14-3-2 as the Buckeyes have been ranked in the top 25 for the latter half of the regular season. The Buckeyes were the runner-up in the Big Ten Conference with a best-ever 7-2-1 record as Ohio State is making its fifth NCAA tournament appearance.

Freshman Lauren Granberg leads the Ohio State attack with six goals, one assist and 13 points as Lauren Robertson has posted a strong 0.51 goals against average with 12 shutouts in net to lead the Buckeyes.

The meeting between Oregon State and Ohio State marks the first time the schools have met in women's soccer.

The winner of the match will advance to the second round to face the winner of Illinois State and third-seeded Florida on Sunday, Nov. 15, at 10:00 a.m.

THE OHIO STATE REGIONAL FIELD - courtesy ohiostatebuckeyes.com
SCOUTING THE OHIO STATE BUCKEYES
Ohio State, coached by 13th year coach Lori Walker, has wins in six of its past eight games (with one tie). The Buckeyes were the runner-up in the Big Ten Conference with a best-ever 7-2-1 record. This is Ohio State's fifth NCAA tournament appearance.

PROBABLE STARTERS
GK - Lauren 'Taz' Robertson; Defenders - Cassie Dickerson, Colleen Brady, Danielle Scoliere and Lauren Beachy; Midfielders - Courtney Jenkins, Tiffany Cameron, Ashley Bowyer, Lauren Steuer; Forwards - Caitlyn Martin and Lauren Granberg.

STATISTICAL LEADERS
Jr. Lauren Steuer - 4 goals, 7 asssists, 15 pointsFr. Lauren Granberg - 6 goals, 1 assist, 13 pointsSr. Ashley Bowyer - 4 goals, 5 assists, 13 pointsSo. Paige Maxwell - 6 goals, 12 pointsFr. Tiffany Cameron - 4 goals, 4 assists, 12 pointsSr. Lauren Robertson - 14-3-2, 0.51 GAA, 12 shutouts

SCOUTING THE FLORIDA GATORS
Under 15th year head coach Becky Burleigh, the Gators posted a 15-5-2 record overall and 8-1-2 in the SEC, en route to a regular season championship. Florida, who will be playing in its 13th NCAA tournament, has reached the round of 16 each of the last three seasons.

PROBABLE STARTERS
GK - Katie Fraine; Defenders - Lauren Hyde, Kathryn Williamson, Jazmyne Avant and Caitlin Howard; Midfielders - Angela Napolitano, Erika Tymrak, Lindsay Thompson, Holly King and Sarah Champman; Forward - McKenzie Barney

STATISTICAL LEADERS
So. Lindsay Thompson - 10 goals, 2 assists, 22 points
Fr. Erika Tymrak - 5 goals, 7 assists, 17 points
Fr. Brooke Thigpen - 6 goals, 4 assists, 16 points
Jr. Katie Fraine - 15-5-2, 0.75 GAA, 9 shutouts
Sr. Lauren Robertson - 14-3-2, 0.51 GAA, 12 shutouts

SCOUTING THE ILLINOIS STATE REDBIRDS
Led by third-year head coach Drew Roff, the Redbirds won the Missouri Valley Conference tournament after posting a 12-6-1 record, 5-1-0 in conference play. 2009 will mark the first postseason appearance for Illinois State since 2003.

PROBABLE STARTERS
GK - Sasha Reiber; Defenders - Shannon Eccleston, Danielle Mutters, Kristin Cooley; Midfielders - Erin Egolf, Ammand Wisniewski, Raquel Rattray; Forwards - Alyssa Schulz, Amy Heredia, Jessica Carlson, Rachel Bostick.

STATISTICAL LEADERS
So. Jessica Carlson - 11 goals, 5 assists, 27 points
Jr. Alyssa Schulz - 6 goals, 5 assists, 17 points
Fr. Rachel Bostick - 5 goals, 2 assists, 2 points
So. Sasha Reiber - 9-5-1, 1.01 GAA, 7 shutouts

A GOAL MEANS A WIN FOR THE OREGON STATE WOMEN'S SOCCER TEAM
Everybody knows if a team does not score a goal, that team is not going to win. However, a goal does not necessarily mean victory will be secured. This season, however, that does not seem to be the case with the Oregon State women's soccer team. Incredibly, Oregon State carries an unblemished mark of 12-0-1 when the Beavers score a goal. In each Oregon State loss this season, the Beavers have been shutout by the opposition.

UP NEXT...
The winner of the match between Oregon State and Ohio State will advance to the second round to face the winner of Illinois State and Florida on Sunday, Nov. 15, at 10:00 a.m.

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